House of Lukaya, owner and artisan, 2001-present
Wise Woman Herbalist, apprenticeship with Susun Weed, 2003
Board Member, Herbalists Without Borders, 2015-present
Certified Yoga Teacher, Mahavira Yoga with J. Miles, 2021
I am a wise woman herbalist and have been on the plant path for over twenty years. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 with a BFA in sculpture. Soon after, I was living an artist’s life in New York City when my father passed away three days prior to the World Trade Center collapse in 2001. That uncertainty inspired me towards more autonomy and connection with the natural world. The early days of this quest led me to an apprenticeship with Susun Weed in upstate New York where I discovered a love for connecting people with the plants living right outside their door.
My favorite times are spent meeting new and old plant friends wherever I happen to be. Sharing those relationships with other humans led me to create House of Lukaya in 2003. House of Lukaya is a mobile and online source for plant medicine workshops, incense twists, handicrafts, and a pocket Guide to Nourishing Herbal Infusions.
I became a mom and moved to Washington DC in 2013. While there, I nurtured medicinal gardens and served as treasurer at Wangari Gardens. I have served on the board of Herbalists Without Borders since 2015. In 2019, my partner and I purchased land in Virginia where we are building a solar and rain powered homestead from scratch. I was honored to accomplish a decades long goal and completed the 200 hour Mindfulness and Leadership Teacher Training with Mahavira Yoga in 2021.